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Poster: William Tell Date: May 6, 2009 3:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Here's to Ashes!

So, most of you newcomers only know Ashes as someone revered by the older members of the forum...as a fleeting poster of obscure and esoteric material. One who checks in now and again, and receives a warm welcome from old friends without much explanation as to why folks feel the way we do...

I am at this moment listening to the five (!?) disks of amazingly well-recorded Jerry shows from the mid-70s that our own Ashes sent me almost three years ago...Keystone, and a number of others are represented in the rotation (my archaic CD player can just handle 5 disks on "shuffle"). Now, the fact is, he sent these, for no other reason than to manifest himself as the soul of the Forum, and I am the undeserving recipient. He also sent all that he possessed of our good friend, Bob, as in Hunter, and I will close with a set of lyrics (sorry, Rob!), something that Ashes always liked to do, representing the song that he and I first connected over, and has joined us ever since:

Dry dusty road
Dry dusty road
Brother, won't you carry me along
This dry dusty road

Children shallying
Playing in the morning sun
Spike-heeled lady
Running through the burying ground

You set my soul on fire
You set me on my own
Broke-down car but the wheels still roll
Down the dry, dry dusty road

Stuck inside a tunnel
Beset with diamond lies
Wings of night enclosing
Like a long, long night without a dawning

Being bent on ruin
I tried to sell my name
All that I got for it
Was one good look at flame

Drive, drive dusty road
Dry dusty road
Oh brother, let me carry you along
This dry dusty road

In that flame I saw a face
I've never seen before
If they ask me why, I know
Just who I done this for

No one else to come to
Not much else I know
Not much else I'm good for
Lay away my lady-o

You set my soul on fire
You set me on my own
Broke-down car but the wheels still roll
Down the dry, dry dusty road

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: May 6, 2009 3:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Ashes!

You bet, I think I got the same or similar 5 disc package and one of the 5 randomly gets played frequently, sometimes 2 or 3 of the five and occasionally all 5.

Thanks again Ashes

As well as you other forumites who have kindly sent discs my way - you know who you are.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: May 7, 2009 3:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Ashes!

:D

This post was modified by Styrofoam Cueball on 2009-05-07 22:14:58

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 7, 2009 12:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Ashes!

Sorry, QBall (&GB below): shudda clarified I meant "Ashes Rising" one of the old, old timers hereabouts, rather the very talented tome producing "LightIntoAshes" you're both familiar with more recently. Both quality members for sure...

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Poster: ducats Date: May 7, 2009 5:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Ashes!

any Felt Forum JGB in/out there?

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Poster: abilene22 Date: May 6, 2009 7:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Ashes!

I also received the Garcia & Hunter discs, and every time I listen (often!) I'm reminded of his incredibly generous gift. Thanks Ashes, and I hope this finds you well.

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: May 6, 2009 5:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Ashes!

Never got a package from ashes but I'm relatively new to this place... I always enjoy his thorough and incredibly well-written historical commentaries.

Cheers!

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Poster: user unknown Date: May 6, 2009 4:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Ashes!

I also received a similar package, and have enjoyed it immensely. I, too consider myself undeserving and was the recipient of this gift only out of the goodness of Ashes' heart. Thank you my brother.

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Poster: veblen Date: May 6, 2009 6:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Ashes!

Ashes:

I have enjoyed the posts and conversations, never thinking much of receiving a package, though you continue to apologize for not sending me one...

I gladly exchange the package for your health and good fortune!!!

here is to you ashes...keep on the sunny side!!!

btw: I know how you like nights in cemeteries and my father was a mortician and we had a nice one which I am sure you would have liked...though for late nights and spirits I always enjoyed spending the night in stephen foster's study while at pitt but that is another story...

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Poster: Stealz Date: May 6, 2009 6:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Ashes!

The obvious:

"The storyteller makes no choice
soon you will not hear his voice
his job is to shed light
and not to master"

The obscure:

"The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails"

Well wishes to Ashes.

Impeccable post Will.

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Poster: mcglone Date: May 7, 2009 10:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Ashes!

nice post WT. here's to 'eclectic' ashes. he is the grateful dead.

ian

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: May 6, 2009 6:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Here's to Ashes!

Yep me too and I still listen to them all the time. It was the first gift I had ever received from a forumite.